That moment was a microcosm of why film has become such a difficult place for Asian performers — the struggle for visibility is real. Meanwhile, on TV, there are seemingly more opportunities for actors of Asian descent. That was practically unheard of just a few years ago. Unfortunately, even as she and other Asian creators and performers have found work on network TV, adding to cultural conversation about inclusion in pop culture, Asian people remain underrepresented. We're not counting midseason replacement shows, just shows that are debuting at the beginning of the fall season.
Anna May Wong was the first actor of Asian descent to be the leading star of an American television series when she starred on the television series The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong. In , Morita starred on the first American sitcom centered on a person of Asian descent, Mr. T and Tina and went on to become widely known as the mentor Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid movies of the s.
When the main characters on a movie are actors we like, the most likely is that we are going to watch it, whether it looks bad or not. And just as it happens in Hollywood with American and British actors, there are also some actors from other nationalities that deliver top-notch performances and are known all around the world for their talent. Here, we are going to talk about Asian actors, the most famous in Hollywood, their works and why they are so important for the industry. As you know, Asian actors are not given as many opportunities as American or British actors do.
Decades of racist caricatures — think Mickey Rooney playing the buck-toothed Mr. Yunioshi in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" — have given way to an industry that is more inclusive, but where leading roles remain scarce. This week served as a stark reminder that even those who have reached some of the highest levels in the entertainment industry still face obstacles.